Electric vehicles have many parts. However, the most important thing about it is that the parts are not just simple electrical components. They have been developed with the use of advanced technology to make the car more efficient, comfortable and safe. Let’s learn about some of the key components of electric vehicle:
1. Charge port
The charge port is the most important part of an electric vehicle and it is used for charging the battery. The charge port has two parts: a plug that plugs into the wall, and a receptacle where you stick your charger cord.
The charge port is made of a special material which is resistant to heat and corrosion. The charge port of the electric vehicle can be divided into two types, one is a charge port with a fuse box, and the other is a charge port without a fuse box. The charge port is located on the left side of the vehicle in a location similar to where you would find an electrical outlet.
The charge port is designed to be used exclusively with a specific electric vehicle charger and is not compatible with standard household power outlets. If you plug your car in at home, be sure to use the right kind of adapter or converter.
2. DC-DC converter
The DC-DC converter converts direct current from the battery into alternating current for charging purposes. It’s found in most electric cars and trucks, as well as some hybrid vehicles.
There are three types of DC-DC converters in electric vehicles: series converter (converter with one stage), parallel converter (converter with more than one stage), and single-phase converter (converter only).
The DC-DC converter is used to convert the direct current (DC) from the battery into alternating current (AC). This makes it possible for your car’s motor to run as long as it needs without having to draw on the battery directly.
3. Traction battery pack
The traction battery pack is the heart of an electric vehicle. It collects and stores the energy from the car’s engine, providing power to run all of the vehicle’s systems. The traction battery pack is typically made up of multiple stacks of batteries and/or cells. The number of individual cells within the traction battery pack depends on the size and weight of the vehicle, as well as its intended use (e.g., city driving vs. long-distance driving).
The traction battery pack typically consists of several different types of cells. The most common type is a nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery, but other types of batteries such as lithium-ion (Li-ion) and lead-acid are also used. Each type has advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to understand how each type works before selecting one for your vehicle’s application.
The traction battery pack is also called a traction cell, storage battery or traction battery. The design of this part depends on the type of vehicle:
- For cars with a small engine (e.g., automatic transmission), it can be made from lead acid batteries or lithium-ion batteries with no active cooling system. In addition to providing starting power, these types of batteries are used in hybrid vehicles for their auxiliary power trains (e.g., to power air conditioners).
- For cars with larger engines that use normal gasoline or diesel fuel (e.g., manual transmission), the traction battery is usually made up of nickel-cadmium (NiCd) or nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries with active cooling systems using liquid nitrogen (LN2) or water as an insulating fluid). These types of batteries are used in hybrid vehicles that provide additional power through an auxiliary power train (e.g., to run an air conditioner).
4. Thermal system
The thermal system for an electric vehicle (EV) consists of cooling fans, ducts, heat sinks, reservoir tanks and wiring harnesses that transfer energy between the batteries and the motor(s).